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Tesla electric cars made safer

Investors scramble into Permira fund

Bass in talks to buy Oz hotels group

THE UK-BASED leisure giant Bass is understood to be in advanced negotiations to acquire SPHC Group, Australia's second-biggest hotel management group, in a deal which would establish the UK company as the top-ranked hotel operator in Australia.

What The Sunday Business Papers Said

The Independent on Sunday The Savoy Group is to be broken up by Blackstone Group, its US owner, in an attempt to cover some of the pounds 520m it paid for the upscale hotel chain last year. It is thought that the Americans are willing to entertain offers for the Berkeley Hotel and the Connaught, and possibly Claridge's.

Travel: The discreet charm of San Diego

With its great climate and culture, Jennifer Turnball wonders why California's third city isn't better known

Granada creates 2,500 new jobs

Granada creates 2,500 new jobs

Market Report: Insurers lead the financial retreat

FINANCIAL STOCKS saw red yesterday as investors cashed in on the recent good run. After heady weeks dominated by the talk of a blockbuster merger between Halifax and Prudential and of the sale of Guardian Royal Exchange, dealers decided to take a breather and lock in some profits.

Granada profits overturn fears

Investment: Defensive strategy in leisure and media wards off economic downturn

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Four Professions Used Indiscriminately by Taxi Drivers: Governor, Squire, Boss, Vicar

Skiing all the way home

Is the site of a disused mine in Sheffield about to be the new ski Mecca?

Blue Chip: Granada can still turn it on

Investors are cautious after the Forte takeover, but the leisure giant should resume normal service

Granada to raise pounds 1bn from hotel sales

Granada Group is confident of raising at least pounds 1bn from the sale of its 17 Forte Exclusive Hotels, the company's chief executive Charles Allen said yesterday.

Granada reveals timetable for disposals

Granada has given itself 15 months to sell pounds 1.5bn worth of unwanted assets inherited from its pounds 3.9bn takeover of Forte, Gerry Robinson, Granada's chairman, said yesterday.
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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence